Not many people like to defend teachers, it seems, when schools are forced to close because of extreme weather.
However, I’d like to point out something that many parents don’t seem to take into account.
When we send our little darlings to school we expect them to be looked after and cared for as if we were in the room. The problem with extreme weather is that if only 2 teachers are unable to get to work then it leaves the school with up to 65 children to cover for.
And therein lies the rub: Would you want your child to be insufficiently supervised while at school?
Probably not, I’ll wager.
A business of 15 staff can still function if 2 or 3 workers are unavailable. But because of the supervision challenges of being short staffed, a school (especially a primary school) would struggle with the loss of staff.
It’s not a question of numbers, it’s a challenge with being able to offer an acceptable level of supervision. No parent would want their child to be improperly supervised at school.
Now, you might be wondering why they don’t just a cover/supply teacher in. The difficulty with this is that there is a limited number of supply teachers. Bad weather means that demand soars and available cover is taken quickly. So no cover is often available.
I know it’s a pain but please, when your child’s school closes due to bad weather, remember that the decision to disrupt so many parents’ lives is not taken lightly and is usually made with your children’s interests and safety in mind.